Current PedSDP Residents

Jessie Yester, MD, PhD

PGY-4

College/Medical School: North Carolina State University, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology

Mentor: Bernhard Kuhn, MD

Research/Interests: 

  • Determining the molecular pathways of cardiomyocyte proliferation and regeneration
  • Cardiotoxicity

 

Onome Oghifobibi, MD, MSc

PGY-4

College/Medical School: University of Benin

Fellowship: Neonatal-Prenatal Medicine

Mentor: Mioara Manole, MD FAAP

Research/Interests: 

  • Cerebral Blood Flow and Cerebral Microcirculation after Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
  • Therapeutic hypothermia
  • Hypoxic Ishemic Encphalopathy
  • Neuroprotective agents

 

Megan Culler Freeman, MD, PhD

Megan Freeman | Pediatric Resident

PGY-3

College/Medical School: University of Kentucky/Vanderbilt University

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Mentor: Carolyn Coyne, PhD

Research/Interests: 

  • RNA viruses 
  • Zoonoses
  • Cell biology of viral infection
  • Vaccine response
  • Infections and biologic therapies

 

Catherine Poholek, MD, PhD

Katie Poholek | Pediatric Resident

PGY-3

College/Medical School: University of Notre Dame/ University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Fellowship: Undecided 

 

Glenn Rapsinski, MD, PhD

Glenn Rapinski | Pediatric Resident

PGY-3

College/Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine 

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Mentor: Jennifer Bomberger, PhD

Research/Interests:

  • Characterizing risk factors for multi-drug resistant Gram-negative infections in pediatric patients to help determine who require broadened empiric antibiotic coverage
  • Improving antibiotic use in Cystic Fibrosis populations
  • Characterizing effects of viral infections on bacterial colonization and microbiome in the cystic fibrosis patient lung

 

Taylor Eddens, MD, PhD

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PGY-1

College/Medical School: Washington and Jefferson College/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Fellowship: Undecided

Mentor: John Williams, MD

Research/Interests:

  • How the immune system functions in the lung following infection, both in regard to protective responses that clear the pathogen and pathologic responses that may lead to bronchospasm and asthma-like inflammation.
  • Elucidating the protective and pathologic CD4+ T-cell responses to Pneumocystis infection in mice.
  • Elucidating the protective and pathologic CD4+ T-cell responses to viral infection in mice.

 

Michael Zhang, MD, PhD

 Michael Zhang, MD, PhD

PGY-1

College/Medical School: Attended University of Iowa for both!

Fellowship: Undecided

Research/Interests: Immunology/T cell biology